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Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Soap & Glory

Hey lovely bloggers! This is another mini review of some products I have been trying for a few weeks. I mentioned in my last post that I am really into looking after my hands and feet now that the summer has decided to dry them out, so I picked up the Hand Food and Heel Genius from the Soap & Glory range. 

I have heard SOOOO many good things about these two products but I wasn't initially going to buy them. I walked past the shelf with the products on in Boots and decided to try Hand Food with no intention of buying it. For the next few hours I could not stop telling my sister how amazing my hands felt so I dragged her back and bought these two beauties. 


They are the first products that I have tried from the Soap & Glory range and I have been so impressed with them. I wear Hand Food throughout the day and it is ah-ma-zing (nearly on par with Burt's Bee's). It smells gorgeous, it isn't greasy , it is so hydrating (esp in this weather) and totally moisturising. My only criticism would be that they should do mini sizes so I can carry it around with me without taking too much space in my bag. 

Heel Genius, however, is the winner for meeeeeeeee! I got heat rash on my feet last week, cracked heels from all the running around AND blisters. I kid you not, they were awful! I got really self conscious about wearing sandals and flip flops in public...so I stopped. I started wearing this foot cream at night by slathering it all over my feet and then putting on socks on top over night. It worked a treat and I was able to see the difference within days.

Have you tried either of these products?
What other Soap & Glory products would you recommend?

Disclaimer: You cannot eat Hand Food...my 21 year old brother nearly did!



Monday, 4 June 2012

Cuz I'm fly like a bee!

Hey homies! How are you, lovely readers? I hope you have all had a lovely bank holiday weekend. What have you all been up to? I watched a bit of the Jubilee concert before and I was all blown away by the turnout in Landaaaaan. Friends Facebook statuses and Instagrams have kept me up-to-date with all the happenings around the country and I have really felt proud to be British. The way that the whole country has rallied together for this event has been phenomenal. Screw the haters! 

Moving on, I recently decided to invest in a little Burt's Bees gift set after reading about Mittens experience with the brand. Burt's Bee's is a brand that has been around for over 25 years, so I knew that it was going to be pretty impressive. I was browsing through the Boots in Westfield (Derby) when  I stumbled across this little beauty! 



This is the Tips and Toes Kit containing all the products that you can give your hands and feet a little TLC with. I was very impressed with all the products I got for a mere £12.99. 

                  Burt's Bees Almond Milk Beeswax Hand Cream (7g)
                  Burt's Bees Replenishing Lip Balm with Pomegranate Oil (4.25g)
                  Burt's Bees Thoroughly Therapeutic Honey & Grapeseed Oil Hand Cream (20g)
                  Burt's Bees Coconut Foot Cream (20g)
                  Burt's Bees Hand Salve (8.5g)
                  Burt's Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream (8.5g)

All the products smell absolutely divine! They are gorgeous little minis to carry around in your purse when you are on the go. I have been very impressed with this set because I have loved all the products in it. The creams, salve and lip balm are all very nourishing and have left my skin feeling amazing. I always get really dry hands and feet in the summer *sob* because of the humidity and the heat, so I am incredibly excited now that I have found products to combat this little problem.   

I didn't want to review every single product in the set because I didn't want the post to be mega long but please leave a comment if you want me to do a more indepth review on any of the products.

I am also going to link you to a song that I have been blasting out of my car for the past few months, I thought it was fitting for the post...because it's about bee's. I have a retarded sense of humour - ENJOY!




Sunday, 3 June 2012

My first Glossy Box experience

Aloha, Hombres! I hope you are all enjoying this bank holiday as much as I am. I have been so excited about this holiday for such a long time that I thought I was going to explode when I finished work on Thursday. I have spent the past few days relaxing, shopping, attending a few pre-wedding parties and having cinema times with the girlies. I really wanted to have a tea party in the garden but the weather has been awful! What have you been up to this weekend?

Anyway, I wanted to do a quick review on this month's Glossy box. I know that you have all probably seen all the different versions of the box already but I wanted to use the products and really give my honest opinion on the products rather than just show you what I got. I used to be subscribed to SheSaysBeauty but I cancelled after a REALLY bad box. You can read about that here.

I swapped to Glossybox because I was really impressed with the previous few boxes and I knew that it was going to be their 1 year anniversary and I guess I was expecting some major WOW products. I was pleased with the box but I wasn't blown away. I expected a lot more but I checked up on the products that SheSaysBeauty had this month and I can honestly say that I was glad that I did the swap!



Here is the list of the products and my honest opinions;

Rehydrating Rose Daily Moisture (Neal's Yard Remedies)
I have never heard of Neal's Yard Remedies before but I have seen it pop up more and more in the Beauty Blogs since this Glossybox and I even came across a counter in Boots! I wasn't too excited about this moisturiser when I first saw it because I am currently obsessed with my Benefit Total Moisturiser, but when I gave it a whizz I was pleasantly surprised. It is really light on the skin (my Benefit can be a bit heavy), sinks in immediately (my Benefit one can be a bit greasy if I put on a bit too much), leaves the skin feeling hydrated and refreshed. This is recommended for all skin types which I think is a bit strange because surely you need to have a different combinations of ingredients for the different types of skin but who knows, it works for mine so I'm happy. It retails for £12 in the shops which I think is a reasonable price, I will deff be checking out more products from this brand.

Summer Rising Cornish Hedgerows Bath & Shower Gel (Noble Isle)
I had never heard of this brand before the box but I was pretty impressed with the product. It smells beautiful, lathers in the shower, and leaves your skin feeling gorgeous. The smell lingers on my skin throughout the day when I use it and I love getting whiffs of it throughout the day. This was a full sized product (I think) and it retails for around £20 in the shops. Personally I wouldn't buy this but that is just because £20 is a lot of money for a shower gel when you are a student, the product is amazing though. 

Lolita Lempicka samples
I'm not one of those people who get excited about perfume samples in Beauty boxes because it pisses me off! I can pick those up in a department store for freeeeeeeeeeeeeeee. Granted there were two samples, but I could also pick two samples up from Debenhams. I felt that this was a bit of a cop out by the Glossybox team. The samples were alright; they were nothing special, they were pleasant but I wouldn't purchase the sized products because they are ridiculously over priced.

Eldora False Eyelashes
What absolute crap! What is it with beauty boxes and false eyelashes. I never wear them and think they are just awful. STOP SENDING THEM!

Collection Lasting Gel Eyeliner
My initial reaction was of disgust when I saw this because it isn't a luxury, high-end brand that Glossybox promises - but I decided to use it with an open mind because I know how hard Collection are trying to relaunch. Erm, I went straight back to my initial reaction; firstly the colour was gold (not very wearable), the brush wasn't very good, it didn't look very nice. It was long lasting like it promised but I wasn't taken by it at all. This retails for around £5 in most supermarkets, Boots and Superdrugs.

I loved the little extra special touch of adding the compact mirror and balloon, but I would have preferred getting some of the other items like the Murad Clarifying Mask or something from HD Brows. I am going to give the box another try next month and then I might just unsubscribe; beauty boxes are slowly losing their novelty. 

What are your opinions?
What boxes are you subscribed to?
What has been your fave/worst beauty box item this month?